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Season 1: Postal worker tells how mail is handled at the start of the pandemic

Apr 16, 2020

Maelynn Johnson, Rural Carrier Assistant in Tennessee and resident of Kentucky, responds

This interview took place on March 31, 2020.

We grew up together in West Tennessee, and when the coronavirus news started popping up all over Facebook, Maelynn and I reconnected in the comment threads of posts on the news of this virus. I wanted to dig further to find out how the post office is responding to the crisis in the rural area near where I was raised.

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Maelynn Johnson works for the post office, touching 1,700 pieces of mail per day. Living in Kentucky but working in Tennessee gives her a perspective most do not have about the response of the governors in both states.

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Sally Hendrick (02:16):

Hey, Maelynn. How are you doing? This is Sally Hendrick, I'd love to talk to you today about what's going on in your neck of the woods regarding this COVID-19 outbreak that we're experiencing around the world. So how are you doing?

Maelynn Johnson...

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Season 1: Distributor sources PPE as supply runs low

Apr 15, 2020

Steve Paladino, President of Music City Fire of Tennessee, responds

This interview took place on March 29, 2020.

With connections in China for his business and personal relationships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville due to his son's illness, Steve Paladino has taken it upon himself to bring the two together to meet a need. When social-distancing measures first began, he was trying to figure out how to secure N95 masks with many obstacles standing in his way. Since the interview, he has adjusted to making hand-sanitizer with major purchase orders in hand from big-box retailers.

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Steve Paladino, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the president and founder of Music City Fire Company that designs and manufactures tables featuring Sound Reactive Fire Technology supported by Multiple Patents and Safety Certifications.

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Sally Hendrick (01:16):

So, Hey Steve, how are you doing?

Steve Paladino (...

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Season 1: Surviving COVID-19 in Italy near the biggest outbreak to date

Apr 13, 2020

Donna Brown, business and branding synergist, of Milan, Italy responds

This interview took place on April 1, 2020.

Donna Brown tells Sally Hendrick of her perspective as a Canadian ex-pat living in Milan, Italy, near the original outbreak of the Lombardy region. As the hospitals and healthcare workers there have been overrun with COVID-19 cases and deaths, the Italian government has placed more and more restrictions on people's movement outside the home. Now that the northern part of the country has passed its peak in cases, the concern is being directed towards the south where the country is generally poorer with less access to good healthcare. 

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Donna Brown is a Canadian citizen living in Milan, Italy, near where the COVID-19 outbreak started in Italy. She is a business synergist, growth and branding strategist, and international speaker, with over thirty years experience as a consultant in such diverse fields as fashion,...

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Season 1: TN factory looked early for solutions to survive the pandemic

Apr 13, 2020

Chief Operating Officer of Sole Supports Inc, Kenneth Burks, of Tennessee responds

This interview took place on March 29, 2020.

Kenneth Burks is the COO of Sole Supports, Inc. in Hickman County, Tennessee, a manufacturer of orthotics products for podiatrists. As the coronavirus news was rumbling in China, Ken was already thinking about what could happen if the infection reached the United States. As a small, innovative company, he and his team have been ready to rise to the occasion to be part of the solution to the COVID-19 response.

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Kenneth Burks, Chief Operating Officer of Sole Supports, Inc.

With a BS in politics and business and a Masters in curriculum and instruction, most of Kenneth Burks' career was spent working as an educator of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed teens in private residential treatment settings.

When the great recession hit in late 2008 he found himself unemployed for a time in...

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Season 1: Cardiologist compares pandemic response between KY and TN

Apr 06, 2020

Cardiologist, Dr. Alison Bailey, of Kentucky and Tennessee responds

This interview took place on March 28, 2020.

Splitting her time between her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee and her work in Frankfurt, Kentucky, Dr. Alison Bailey is faced with helping her cardiology patients stay protected from and informed about the coronavirus. In this interview, Sally Hendrick and Dr. Bailey discuss the differences between the responses of the citizens and governments of both Tennessee and Kentucky as well as how the healthcare system is pivoting to the needs of patients during this time.

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Alison Bailey, MD is a cardiologist in Chattanooga, TN.  She is very involved in public health and focuses on both the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  She is the Governor of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

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